This year, SustainUS Agents of Change (AoC) is sending six delegates to the to the 56th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-56), which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from February 27 – March 9, 2012. CSW-56 will address the priority theme of “the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges.” The UN Commission on the Status of Women is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. More information on the Commission can be found on their website.
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New York, NY – March 1, 2012 – Approximately 2 months ago, SustainUS was awarded an educational grant of $625 by the Captain Planet Foundation, an international eco-foundation for youth based on the successful Captain Planet cartoon. The grant helps youth present their scientific findings to the international community.
“We are delighted to see the dream of SustainUS become reality,” says Christina Stevens, Executive Director (Interim) of the Foundation. “Each year, our grantees make great strides in protecting and preserving our planet for the future generations and this is no exception. By educating, empowering, involving and investing in today’s youth, we can all cultivate a better tomorrow. We commend SustainUS for their work so far and challenge them to continue it.”
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For Immediate Release
March 5, 2012
New York, NY – SustainUS sends a delegation of 6 to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. SustainUS is a national volunteer-based youth organization that empowers young people to create a more sustainable world through involvement in international summits and grassroots activities. The delegates are in New York City from February 27 to March 9 to represent SustainUS and U.S. youth at the fifty-sixth U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.
The “Youth Blast – Conference of Youth for Rio +20″, which takes place from 7 to 12 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, is the official event of the Major Group for Children and Youth Major Group with the aim of empowering young people to participate the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio +20.
SustainUS works as a part of the Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY), one of the nine groups of acting stakeholders in the Commission on Sustainable Development process.
Besides providing information and training to participants, the event will be a space for youth to share experiences and solutions related to sustainable development issues and forms of participation in decision making at the international level. It will also be an occasion to build strategies for the activities to be developed during the conference.
The event will have five days of activities: two days aimed at young Brazilians, in Portuguese only, and three days for young people from around the world (including Brazil) with translations into Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.
No pre-registration is required to participate, but you can register at uncsdchildrenyouth.org/rio20/youth-blast/